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How the Oka Crisis has shaped 4 generations in Kanesatake and Kahnawake

OKA-Stand off

Warrior raises rifle from atop an overturned police cruiser at Oka roadblock in Quebec on July 1990. Photo by Tom Hanson / The Canadian Press.

‘You could say, it woke us up,’ says 72-year-old John Cree

by Jessica Deer, CBC News,

Every year on July 11, Bryan Deer spends the morning at the foot of the Mercier Bridge connecting Montreal with Kahnawake as a reminder to his community and the thousands of commuters that pass through it of an important day in Canadian history. Read the rest of this entry

Support from all sides building in Kanesatake fight to stop Oka housing development

OKA-RALLY-1000x562by Danielle Rochette, APTN National News, August 15, 2017

On Saturday, more than 100 people gathered on the Mohawk Territory of Kanesatake demanding that a housing project on disputed land be stopped.

The development outside the sacred pines was approved by the Town council of Oka that sits down the road from Kanesatake. Read the rest of this entry

Twenty-five years later: Oka Crisis events inspired native movements around the world

Long Shadow of the Pines: 25 Years Since the 1990 Oka Crisis

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My name is Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas, I am a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) from Kanehsatake (Oka).  I was a young man involved in the 1990 Oka Crisis from it’s start and throughout that summer.  The Crisis was a critical point both in my life and in the community of Kanehsatake.  It’s impact is still being felt in Kanehsatake and moreover throughout Indigenous communities and movements in Canada from coast to coast.  An examination and retrospection of those events needs to be told by those intimately involved in that historic summer.  Furthermore a wider perspective as to the impact the crisis had on Indigenous people, movements and the government responses to them in light of the events of 1990 from Idle No More to Elsipogtog. Read the rest of this entry